Time Frame: Qasr Al Hosn remembered

  • Qasr Al Hosn in Abu Dhabi. Courtesy BP

“We piled into the Land Rover and made our way to the Palace. I had passed it a few times when we had gone on an outing to the mukhtar [Maqta], the guard post at the end of the island."“Nowadays it has been rebuilt … then it was a large, plain but imposing building, four square with turrets on the corners, of two storeys around two courtyards. Constructed of coral blocks and whitewashed, it dominated the town.”

Excerpted from Before the Oil: A Personal Memoir of Abu Dhabi, 1954-1958

Susan Mary Hillyard, born May 2, 1926, died February 16, 2014.

* James Langton